Author: Annie Phenix

Dogster Interviews: We Chat with Dog Trainer Pat Miller

From her home base on 80 acres she calls Peaceable Paws and Pastures in Hagerstown, Maryland, dog trainer and behavior consultant Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, has reached into every area of the training industry, including punishment-based training (we’ll get to that in a minute). She’s a respected pro who trains other dog trainers; a highly successful author… Read more »

8 Ways That I’m an Admittedly “Soft” Dog Trainer

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. — John Wooden I won’t ever forget the back porch conversation I had a few years ago with a punishment-based dog trainer. “You’re a soft trainer,” she informed me. “That’s the difference between us.” I smiled wide and agreed with her, even though I… Read more »

Today, We’re Turning Your Dog Into a Superhero — Literally

I’ve always thought of dogs as a certain type of hero, put here to help us humans in our stumbling attempts to learn compassion. I think most of you will agree: dogs are not only our steady, loving friends, but heroes in many different ways. But have you ever imagined what your own dog would… Read more »

Let’s Talk: What’s the Strangest Dog Name You’ve Ever Heard?

I named my “country-dumped” dog Monster. (“Country dumped” is the term for when people drive their “beloved” pet out to the country and dump him there, assuming he will be fine because someone like me will take him in.) As a puppy, he was a mess of a dog. He bit hands and growled at… Read more »

What Do You Do When a Dog Really Needs to Be Rehomed?

If you find yourself saddled with a suddenly-homeless dog, don’t panic. Here are some ideas to help you find that pup a home. [Read the complete article on]

Are Petco’s Dog Training Methods Outdated?

Recently there’s been rumbling online regarding the death of a young English Bulldog in a Petco dog training class, and it’s getting hard to ignore the noise — though Petco is doing its corporate best to do just that. The facts are that Michele Moccia and Michael DiMaggio took their dog, Sophia Belle, to a puppy class… Read more »

Why Dogs Dig and What You Can Do About It

  There are many reasons dogs create unattractive holes in your backyard — unattractive to you, anyway — though one of them is not to irritate you, as many people seem to mistakenly believe. Here are just a few reasons your dog is trying to make it to China before you get home from work… Read more »